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Industry’s $200,000 Mother’s Day gift helps home-bound moms

Citymeals-on-Wheels has announced that members of the New York City real estate industry have contributed over $200,000 that will fund the preparation and delivery of more than 31,000 meals for New York’s homebound elderly.

 31,000 meals will be delivered to New York’s homebound elderly
31,000 meals will be delivered to New York’s homebound elderly

In what has become a Mother’s Day tradition, Citymeals Board Members Albert Behler of the Paramount Group, Inc., Alan Grossman of ARG Realty Consultants, Ltd., and Robert K. Futterman of Robert K. Futterman & Associates, LLC spearheaded this initiative to rally the real estate community.

Beth Shapiro, Executive Director of Citymeals-on-Wheels, said, “So many of our meal recipients have outlived their families and spend Mother’s Day alone with only memories of the children they raised. Thanks to the kindness and generosity of our board members and New York City’s real estate community, these moms will know they are remembered this Mother’s Day.”

In appreciation for the real estate industry’s unyielding support, Citymeals-on-Wheels placed a full-page advertisement in The New York Times. The thank you ad lists all of the contributors, features Nan, an 86-year-old Citymeals recipient, and reads, “Hunger doesn’t care its Mother’s Day.  Nan’s hoping you will.” The ad was paid for through a separate funding source.

According to Citymeals, 66% of its meals recipients are women.  More than 60% are over the age of 80 and 73% of recipients live alone.

Citymeals also asked New Yorkers to consider honoring their own mothers by donating through This year, the Jerome L. Greene Foundation will match every Mother’s Day donation from the public, dollar for dollar. Donors can also send special Mother’s Day e-cards, available on the Citymeals web site at

The following donors contributed to the Citymeals-on-Wheels Mother’s Day initiative:

Neighborhood Patron: Beacon Capital Partners; Becker, Glynn, Muffly, Chassin & Hosinski LLP;

Albert Behler; CBRE, Inc.; Michele & Marty Cohen; Colony Capital, LLC; Constructomics, LLC; Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Eastdil Secured LLC; Marjorie and Alan Grossman; Jeffrey Gural; March Family Foundation;

May & Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Newmark Grubb Knight Frank; Laura Pomerantz; Dennis Riese;

Robert K. Futterman, RKF; Aby Rosen; The Rudin Foundation, Inc.; Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP; Winters Family Fund

Buy-A-Block: Alston & Bird LLP; CANY; Cushman & Wakefield, Inc.; Anthony Della Salla/New York Land Services; Jeffrey Katz and Beth Rogers; Northern Trust; Harriet & Eric Rothfeld; Darcy Stacom and Bill Shanahan, CBRE; Stephen B. Siegel CBRE, Inc.

Meal Trust: ABM Industries, Inc.; ACC Construction Corporation; Arnold S. and Madaleine Penner Foundation; Joseph Azrack & Abigail Congdon; Brookbridge Consulting Services, Inc.; Carney Security Service, Inc.; Champion Parking; Clune Construction Company; Eastern Consolidated; Alex Glickman – Arthur J. Gallagher; The Gould and Shenfeld Families; Harvard Maintenance, Inc.; Steven Hyman; Icon Interiors, Inc.; ISS Facility Services; Levien & Company, Inc.; The Litwin Foundation; Alan C. Marcus, The Marcus Group, Inc.; David Rockwell; Rubenstein Associates; SEJ Properties; Barbara Seril; SJP Properties; Stawski Partners; Leonard Stern; Structure Tone Inc.; TPG Architecture, LLP; Tri-Star Construction Corp.; U.S. Trust; Vornado Realty Trust; The World Wide Group


Contributor: Apollo Security International; Nicole & Brian Corcoran; Gary Davis; Howard Dolch; The Donald J. Trump Foundation; Alan D. Dunkelberger; Ess & Vee Acoustical Contractors, Inc.; Burton Freeman; Lawrence and Alice Friedland; Paula Kozlow; Peter and Kathy Linneman; Manhattan Painting & Decorating; Michael Parley; R&R Scaffolding, Ltd.; Stefan Selig; Neil R. Shapiro, Esq.; Taconic Investment Partners


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